March 11, 2013

The Effects of Exercise

A preliminary study presented at the American Physiological Society suggests exercise effects the immune system. 16 cancer survivors were recruited for a 12-week whole-body exercise training program which included moderate aerobic exercise and resistance exercise.  Blood samples drawn before and after the program showed an increase in T-cells (responsible for the body's immune response) that had been quieted by chemotherapy. This suggests that the exercise stimulates the ability of the immune system to recognize cancer cells. Other Methods that Counter Cancer Other recent research has pointed to additional avenues by which exercise may reduce cancer occurrence or recurrence: one, from China, showing tai chi stimulates T-cells in lung cancer patients, and another, from the University of Colorado, involving exercise and breast cancer genes. A German study of breast cancer patients found a decline in physical activity during and one year after treatment. This may be the time when patients need to exercise the most!

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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